U.S. Joins Allies in Space Operations ‘Vision’

By Tom Roeder troeder@spacefoundation.org A shared space operations vision accord now binds the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia and New Zealand, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The Combined Space Operations Vision 2031 accord commits the seven nations to a code of conduct in space, including a mission to “generate and improve cooperation, coordination,…

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Space Force Adds Pair of Satellites to Detect and Observe GEO Spacecraft

Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program

By Tom Roeder troeder@spacefoundation.org The U.S. Space Force this month is testing two recent launched Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program (GSSAP) satellites, bringing the constellation to six spacecraft that use cameras and other technical means to monitor what’s going on in the all-important orbit more than 22,000 miles above Earth. The two satellites, built by…

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Japanese Billionaire Caps Record Space Tourism Year

By Tom Roeder troeder@SpaceFoundation.org The first self-funded space tourist to reach the International Space Station in more than a decade reached his destination aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule Wednesday.  Japanese fashion mogul Yusaku Maezawa paid $88 million for the ride, the BBC reported, and was accompanied on the trip by documentary filmmaker Yozo Hirano. Their…

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Nation in Review: Germany

Nation in Review: German Space Economy German domestic space spending in 2019 increased by over 30% from 2018, reaching €1.3 billion ($1.529 billion). Contributions to ESA increased 3.6% to €944 billion ($1.097 billion) over that same period. Germany’s overall space spending has increased by 56% since 2009’s €1.45 billion ($1.7 billion) in annual spending. That…

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2019 Space Employment Hit 8-Year High, Launch Activity Reached Decade Growth of 39%, Research from The Space Report 2020 Q1 Analysis Shows

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 31, 2020) — Across multiple fronts, the space industry heading into 2020 was the strongest in years, with gains in space industry jobs, new nations entering space, and record-level research and investor activity through International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory programs. Those are among the new findings in The Space Report…

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